UK newspaper corrects downgrading designation: MOFA
By Joseph Yeh ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A United Kingdom newspaper that referred to the nation's capital city of Taipei as “Taipei, China” earlier this week has issued a correction over the designation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday.
October 26, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
The London-based Daily Mail newspaper on Tuesday ran a story covering the filming of famed French director Luc Besson's action thriller “Lucy” in Taipei.
The action movie is reportedly about a woman, played by Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson, working in Taiwan as a drug mule, who gains supernatural abilities and becomes a fighting machine.
The article, however, drew controversy in the caption, which describes a photo showing Johansson being filmed outside a Taipei hotel, that reads: “Feline good! Scarlett Johansson, 28, looked every inch the blonde bombshell, wearing a leopard-print jacket to shoot her latest flick Lucy in Taipei, China on Monday.”
The article also said Johansson was “filming an action thriller in China” and that “while the attire might be far from what someone living in the conservative country of China might usually wear, it seemed the perfect choice for Scarlett's character Lucy.”
Not a word of “Taiwan” was mentioned in the whole article.
Asked to comment, MOFA spokeswoman Anna Kao (高安) said yesterday that Taiwan's representative office in UK has sent a letter of protest to the newspaper upon reading the article, demanding that it correct the designation that implies Taiwan is part of China.
The newspaper later make corrections to the article online, Kao added.
In the updated article posted online, the newspaper has replaced all the references of “Taipei, China” to just Taipei or Taiwan, both in the article and in its captions.